noun, often attributive
cau·li·flow·er | \ˈkȯ-li-ˌflau̇(-ə)r, ˈkä-, -lē- \

Definition of cauliflower 

: a garden plant (Brassica oleracea botrytis) related to the cabbage and grown for its compact edible head of usually white undeveloped flowers also : its flower cluster used as a vegetable

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Top with cauliflower; garnish with fried peppers and remaining parsley. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Shishito peppers: Saute, roast, grill them. (Don't worry about seeds)," 5 June 2018 The multicolored potatoes and cauliflower at Berkeley Bowl have inspired him. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Is Instagram making our dim sum better?," 3 May 2018 Dozens of volunteers cooked and served up spaghetti with red sauce, coleslaw and fried fish, cabbage and cauliflower. Dinah L. Rogers Photography,, "St. Joseph's Day altar hosted by Marrero woman for 19th year," 20 Mar. 2018 Dubois recommends pairing carrots with cardamom and ginger and cauliflower with curry powder, lime leaves, and thai chilis. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Pickle Any Vegetable," 27 June 2018 Transfer the scallops to plates and arrange the cauliflower and snow peas around them. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Spread joy: Cook with peanut butter | The Sacramento Bee," 3 Apr. 2018 Other types that are easy to start from nursery seedlings include broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. Sunset, "10 Fall Gardening Chores to Prep for Winter," 22 Jan. 2018 Toss cooked cauliflower with black beans and 1/4 teaspoon salt. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Caribbean Chicken and "Rice"," 28 July 2017 That said, the outstanding crudos (like scallop with tarragon, pistachio, lemon and bottarga), inventive veggies (like fried cauliflower with ras el hanout, a Moroccan spice blend), and pristinely prepared proteins are all a constant. Sarah Firshein, Town & Country, "The Ultimate Travel Guide to Portland, Maine," 13 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of cauliflower

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cauliflower

Italian cavolfiore, from cavolo cabbage (from Late Latin caulus, from Latin caulis stem, cabbage) + fiore flower, from Latin flor-, flos — more at cole, blow

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cau·li·flow·er | \ˈkȯ-li-ˌflau̇-ər, ˈkä-\

Kids Definition of cauliflower

: a vegetable that is a white head of undeveloped flowers and is related to the cabbage

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